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Super League set for magic weekend

Thousands of rugby league fans will make the journey up to Newcastle tomorrow for the annual Magic Weekend event.

One of the most anticipated fixtures at St James' Park will be the meeting of Hull FC and Hull Kingston Rovers.

Despite Rovers coming out on top the last time the sides met in March their head coach Chris Chester believes his team are underdogs:

Meanwhile the final match of the weekend sees Super League leaders Leeds take on third placed Wigan, and skipper Kevin Sinfield says his team are out for revenge for their previous two Magic Weekend defeats:

Brook to headline big night of boxing

There is a big night of boxing in store tomorrow at the O2 Arena in London and headlining the event is Sheffield's world champion Kell Brook.

Brook is putting his title on the line against fellow Brit Frankie Gavin.

Words were exchanged between the pair at today's weigh-in ahead of the bill, which also features two more world title fights.

Chris Dawkes' report contains flash photography:

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Brook ready to put on a show against Frankie Gavin

Sheffield boxer Kell Brook says he is ready to put on a show for the fans when he defends his world title against Birmingham's Frankie Gavin on Saturday.

He was in London at a press conference today where he came face to face with his opponent. Some 18,000 fans are expected at the O2 Arena to see the first world welterweight title fight between two British fighters.

It will be the second time Kell has defended his IBF title after recovering from being stabbed in the leg in Tenerife last September:

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Bantams reject Blades bid for Parkinson

Bradford have turned down an approach from Sheffield United to speak to manager Phil Parkinson.

Bantams reject Blades bid for Parkinson Credit: Press Association

The Blades are in the hunt for a new manager after sacking Nigel Clough and his entire backroom team on Monday.

But Bradford are desperate to keep hold of Parkinson, 47, who has a year left to run on his current contract at Valley Parade.

Bradford's joint-chairman Mark Lawn told Press Association Sport: "It's true we've been contacted by Sheffield United.

"They want to speak to Phil, but we've turned their request down. We've made it perfectly clear that we want Phil to stay."

When asked if Bradford's board will open talks with Parkinson over a new deal, Lawn added: "That's up to Phil.

"We'd be happy to do that. He has another year left on his contract and he knows we always look to negotiate new contracts at the end of their terms."

Lawn refused to comment on whether Parkinson had a get-out clause in his deal that the Blades had failed to activate.

"I'm not willing to discuss the finer points of Phil's deal," he added.

Parkinson penned a three-year deal at the end of the 2012/13 season after leading Bradford to the League Cup final and to promotion from Sky Bet League Two.

He guided the club to a seventh-placed finish in League One this season, missing out on the play-offs by four points.

Clough paid the price for the Blades' failure to win promotion via the play-offs as they recently lost out to Swindon in the semi-finals.

The South Yorkshire club, searching for their eighth manager since being relegated from the Premier League in 2007, will embark on a fifth campaign in the third tier next term.

Six players leave relegated Tigers

Six players have left Hull City following their relegation from the Premier League.

Paul McShane spent seven years at Hull City Credit: Press Association

The contracts of Liam Rosenior, Paul McShane, Yannick Sagbo, Maynor Figeroa, Steve Harper and Joe Dudgeon all expire at the end of the season while Alex Bruce and Stephen Quinn have been offered new deals with the Tigers.

Regrettably, following relegation we have made the decision to release the majority of those players whose contracts have expired. We would like to place on record our thanks for the service they have given to the club, particularly our two longest serving players Liam Rosenior and Paul McShane. Both players have been outstanding for us and they leave with our very best wishes for their futures. The aim now is to retain as many of the remaining squad as possible and look to add some new faces this summer as we bid to compete at the top end of the Championship and bounce straight back into the top flight.

– Steve Bruce, Hull City

Paul McShane had been at the KC since 2008 when he initially arrived on loan from Sunderland and was a key player in Hull's first season in the Premier League. He scored five goals in 136 appearances. Rosenior played for the Tigers 161 times after arriving on a free in 2010.

Veteran goalkeeper Harper departs having made 31 appearances for the Club while Dudgeon, Sagbo and Figueroa have racked up 127 appearances between them.

Ferres rejects NRL to commit to Giants

Huddersfield's England forward Brett Ferres has rejected advances from the NRL to commit his future to the Super League club.

Huddersfield's England forward Brett Ferres has rejected advances from the NRL to commit his future to the Super League club. Credit: Press Association

The 29-year-old former Bradford, Wakefield and Castleford second rower, who is vice-captain of the Giants, has signed a contract extension that will keep him at the John Smith's Stadium to the end of 2019.

Ferres joined Huddersfield on a five-year deal in 2012 but had a release clause enabling him to move overseas at the end of this season.

Huddersfield have been very good to me and since being here I've moved into the England set-up, which was one of my aims, and we've established ourselves at the top end of the table. I did have the option to go to the NRL at the end of this season but, with Huddersfield wanting me longer term and the security that brought with it to me and the family who are very settled here, I was only too happy to stay.

– Brett Ferres

Ferres has made 72 appearances for the Giants and made his England debut in the 2013 World Cup.

Brett is an international-quality player and every team needs those guys to lead and perform well both on and off the field. He is one of our go-to men when we need a play and a leader and someone who would enhance any team in the competition. His retention long term is great news for the club and the UK Super League as a whole as we were aware of interest elsewhere in his services.

– Paul Anderson, Huddersfield Giants head coach
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